Teams agreed on new qualifying formula
F1’s eleven teams have agreed on a revised qualifying format for 2014.
Recently, we reported that at a meeting at the first Bahrain test, the sport’s major players would move to ensure qualifying is exciting in the new V6 era. Among other tweaks, we said bosses would be presented with a proposal for an extra set of soft tyres for those in the final ‘Q3’ hitout, while drivers only in Q2 would get an extra set for the race.
Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport reports that after the teams gave the proposal the green light, it will now be sent to the World Motor Sport Council for the rubber stamp. “It could be fixed in black and white by the end of the week,” said veteran correspondent Michael Schmidt. Schmidt said the new format will undoubtedly survive the final throes of the approval process, because it was devised by none other than CVC bigwig Donald Mackenzie.